As the population in North America ages and as people are living longer, the rates of eye disease are also on the rise. Kelowna and the surrounding areas have traditionally been a haven for retirees, so rates in this part of the world are also high. At Sun Valley Optometry we have technology for the prevention and treatment of glaucoma, macular degeneration and cataracts.
Glaucoma is an eye disease that affects the optic nerve that connects the eye to the brain. It is typically associated with an increase in eye pressure that over time causes damage. This is not pressure a person would feel, nor does it affect vision in its early stages. It is very manageable with treatment if caught early.
Macular degeneration involves damage to the delicate tissue in the centre of the back of the eye and in this case will cause loss of central vision which can be very debilitating. Although our treatment options are still limited with this eye disease, preventative approaches are the key to success in delaying its progression. Your optometrist will go over a myriad of options to keep your eyes healthy
Although not considered a disease, it is one of the most common conditions of the eyes beyond the need for vision correction with glasses. It involves a natural clouding to the crystalline lens sitting behind the pupil that creates more blur over time. Fortunately, having them removed has become a very common and relatively simple procedure.
Glaucoma is a very sneaky eye disease and has no symptoms what so ever early on. The effects of increased pressure on the optic nerve may take years to start permanently affecting vision, but the goal is to catch it years before that because it is very difficult to treat in late stages. Fortunately, incredible technologies exist today to prevent loss of sight.
The most debilitating but by far least common type of macular degeneration does have a treatment utilizing injections that can dramatically improve the vision when it starts to deteriorate. Unfortunately, this treatment is only effective for about 5% of AMD. The vast majority require a preventive approach utilizing changes in diet, nutritional supplements and sun protection.
Cataract surgery does not stop someone’s eyes from changing, it just corrects it at that moment in time to hopefully reduce the need for correction as much as possible. Cataract surgery should be considered to be a reduction of the need for vision correction over a lifetime but most likely, not elimination.
All of our optometrists are currently accepting new patients. Contact us today and we will be happy to help with your eye care needs.